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Ticket revenue of the KBO league 2014-2018

In 2018, the ticket revenue of the South Korean Baseball League, KBO League, amounted to around 92.3 billion South Korean won. That year, over eight million people visited professional baseball games in South Korea.

The most beloved professionals in South Korea

Pro baseball was the favored spectator sport by the South Korean population, with attendance numbers in the millions. The difference in attendance was pronounced; the second favorite spectator sport in South Korea was football, but its fan attendance paled in comparison to baseball spectator figures.

Contrast of popularity and finances

The popularity of the KBO League seemed to translate into respectable revenue for KBO teams. However, a closer look into team finances revealed that there was more than met the eye. A significant portion of revenue for most KBO teams was sourced through subsidiary companies of KBO team’s parent companies. Additionally, in contrast to the multi-billion revenue that all KBO teams recorded, actual net income amounted to negative figures for some teams. The actual financial independence and profitability of KBO teams was not completely guaranteed yet and showed that there was room for improvement in the future.

Ticket revenue of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) league from 2014 to 2018

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Release date

December 2019


South Korea

Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Note: 1,000 South Korean won equal 0.82 U.S. dollars and 0.76 euros (as of May 2020).
Figures have been rounded.

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